Leeds Site Allocations latest, January 2019
The Inspectors examining the Leeds Site Allocations Plan (SAP) have published suggested modifications, which will form the basis of a public consultation. Here’s a snapshot of what it means.
The SAP now only allocates land for supply up to 2023. There are no new ‘safeguarded sites’ beyond those already allocated in the old Unitary Development Plan. All the proposed Green Belt allocations have been deleted, including the major ones at Parlington, Stourton Grange (Garforth), and Horsforth.
This sounds like good news, because these were sites we objected to. But what it really means is that the overall extent of Green Belt change is now entirely dependent on the revised Core Strategy; which is going to Public Examination in February. This Core Strategy review is not allowing for a review of the relative distribution between different areas of Leeds, so once again everything hinges on the total housing figure ends up being. as a result of the CSSR process. So the Green Belt sites at Parlington, Garforth, Horsforth or, indeed, Wetherby, are not off the hook.
Our objection to these big sites is not just about local impact on the countryside, but it’s based on CPRE’s policy that urban extensions and new settlements must be genuinely accessible BY RAIL to centres of employment; otherwise they can’t be said to be sustainable locations.
It’s frustrating to be once again arguing about numbers of houses, instead of having an opportunity to campaign in favour of good, sustainable developments that make for good places and meet real needs.